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Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,486
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 75
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of Naugros
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another beautiful German wheat beer. You always hope these beers taste as good as they look, but some fail at that. The Germans and the Belgians are masters at creating thick, billowing heads that make you drink through them due to their stubborn hold on existence. This beer is no exception to that. And you'll get why they call this style "kristall" right off; the beer is crystal clear due to the filtration.

This beer also fits the style by smelling like bananas and cloves on top if some crackermeal-like malt. So, if this tastes as good as it looks and delivers on the promise it makes to your nose, we should be in for a real German treat.

A little disappointing. Pretty standard for a German weissbier, which means it's pretty darn good when put up against all the beers out there, especially wheat beers from other countries. However, for a German wheat it's pretty middle of the road. The banana flavor really comes to the forefront with the cracker-like malt and the spices lay low, only coming out in the wash. Hops presence is minimal, but you can sense the floral taste they carry.

The carbonation is perfect and it carries a nice body one would expect from a German weissbier. There's almost an oiliness on the lips that's a bit unpleasant, detracting from the rest of the mouthfeel. I wanted "crisp" and didn't get it.

Still, a nice beer and a benchmark in the style. Low in alcohol so you can drink many, but not the lawn mower beer I had hoped for. Zatec still holds the title for me in that role.

Naugros, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours clear, light golden color with a huge, slowly dissipating white head that leaves a good lace as it dissipates.

Smell: Lots of banana and phenolic smells, with tons of yeast.

Taste: Sweet, yeasty beginning with a banana finish that also reveals more yeast flavors. Too much yeast, actually.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light body with balanced, natural carbonation and a refreshing finish.

Drinkability: A pretty good beer, but a bit too heavy on the yeast. I may have gotten a bad bottle, so I would be willing to try this again.

Mosstrooper, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a oversized wine glass.

A_ Pours a very clear yellowish gold color. Three fingers of a white head that fades pretty fast. Minimal lacing left.

A- Wheat, yeasts, and a hint of spice.

T- The clove is the spice that I was apparently smelling because it's comes right up at me. This is followed by the wheat profile. Not a whole lot going on, but it sure is nice on a sweltering day.

M- Light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

D- nice on a hot day. Not something I would drink while im out though.

urwithdave, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Clydesdale
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden-straw color. The ivory colored head is initially very tall, with a patchy, foamy, and rocky texture as it slowly settles. Retention is solid, and irregular lacing sticks to the glass.

S: A mild, slightly sour graininess with a bit of dusty sweetness. Clove is prevalent, with lesser fruity notes of banana and pear. A standard German herbal hop note is also present.

T: Sweet and lightly sour up front, with clean wheat malt flavors. Fruity - the usual banana along with pear and perhaps some golden apple. Moderate clove and bubblegum flavor. A light touch of German hops provides a bit of focus.

M: Medium-light mouthfeel. Generally soft and creamy, with mild carbonation. Eminently refreshing on this hot evening.

D: Another winner from Weihenstephaner. I was a bit apprehensive about a filtered version of such a yeast-forward beer, but this is subtle, refreshing, and enjoyable.

Clydesdale, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a weiss glass.

A: Pale yellow and crystal clear with about 2 fingers worth of head. Settled to a nice ring with very nice lacing. Sweet looking beer.

S: Wow, I'm loving the smell here... Like a Hef, just cleaner... Wheat, yeast, clove and citrus. Overall a crispness to the smell.

T: Wow again.... Sweet & tart, nicely balanced. Again like a Hef but cleaner and crisper than other Hefs I've had. Very light on the yeast and wheat shines though.

M: Low to mid bodied, this is where it differs from most Hefs I've had.... not a thick, carbonation a little heavier than normal Hefs and it feels Crisper and dryer.

D: Just a wonderful beer and the low ABV helps alot.... I could drink a few of these, very refreshing and a wonder drink. A must try.

My first Weihenstephaner in my 5 pack.... Great start !!

mralphabet, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Filtered clear, light gold color. Impressive white head that leaves extensive lace.

Nice sour smell of raw wheat. There's light hop in the background.

Frothy taste of light (watery, even) malt up front. Weak wheat that also features some definitive sourness. Short aftertaste of mild citrus. Very light body with a high level of carbonation.

Not my cup of tea--this beer has no flaws but is otherwise very pedestrian.

smcolw, May 30, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breaking out the swatches on this one. "Maize" color - goldish-yellow, fairly light. Lovely soft white fluff on top - decent retention and lacing.

I've had this many times and I guess I never noticed how much it smells like a straight pilsner. Tastes a little like one too, although, definitely has many of the qualities of the top German wheats - but all a bit less pronounced than their (Weihenstephaner's) hefes. A touch of clove, a nip of grain, a pinch of hops. Not saying it's watered down! Just more subtle. Slightly thinner in the body compared to the cloudier, creamier hefeweizens available (W's hefe, Paulaner, etc).

Not a beer to let sit too long. At a relatively warm temp, the last few sips reveal more of that bubblegum flavor mentioned here and there. Allspice, too. Loses the refreshing factor, for sure. Definitely best fairly cool. Definitely tasty and would be great with warm rolls and an earthy, peppery salad.

Bouleboubier, May 19, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, straw color. Poured a 2 finger merangue-like white head with excellent retention. Decanted continually. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Banana and clove and a dose of wheat malt; muted though.

T: Consistent with the aroma. Crisp and refreshing. Nicely bittered in the finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp, zesty, light on the pallete and refreshing.

D: Easily drinkable and a great beer. Just scaled-down relative to its bigger brother.

Haybeerman, May 14, 2010
Photo of Zekezilla
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this, based on the recommendation of the authors of Naked Pint (highly recommended). As I expected, this is basically like a lighter (less intense) version of a Hefe. It's perfect for those times that you want something like a hefe but with less spiciness. It's more carbonated, more crisp than a crisp. Would be an excellent beer with meals and on hot summer days.

Zekezilla, May 09, 2010
Photo of Lothore
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a nice, frothy, white, 2 finger head.

S- Faint banana, wheat, light fruits.

T- Lots of banana, very crisp, apricot.

M- Light and bubbly.

D- Very refreshing and light. This is an easy drinker. Great for a summer day.

Lothore, May 09, 2010
Photo of bushbeer75
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner Hefe glass.

Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier poured a crystal clear [like the style name implies] bright yellow color with a fine effervescent carbonation. A huge white mountainous bubbly head was produced. The head held well, however, almost no lacing was present.

Aroma is of light tropical fruit/citrus lemon; banana and light clove. The flavor is dominated more by clove than banana with light lemon citrus. The ale finishes with a lingering taste of light spicy clove and wheat flavors. Mouth feel is to the lighter side with a good amount of energetic carbonation. It is clean and crisp on the palate.

Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier is a fine example of the style...it is one refreshing thrust quenching brew.

bushbeer75, May 07, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a nice head that lingers and laces well.
Smells like a Bavarian wheat, not the basic clove/banana/vanilla that I really enjoy.
Tastes somewhat bitter taste I get from the other style of hefe and has basically the same taste as the other hefe's that are not in the clove/banana/vanilla category.

Good beer.

Spineypanda, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of VWBuggirl
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice clear straw color with a thick foamy head, just as I expected from a Kristalweizen.

The scent is basically like a light Hefeweizen, with strong wheat banana and citrus. The taste is stronger than I expected. Not that it is particularly strong, but I assumed it would be very weak. The main flavor that hits you is banana followed by citrus and then finishes strongly with wheat that lasts a while.

There is a little more carbonation than I would like, as it interferes with the flavor. I find this very refreshing and perfect for a hot day. Great for the summer.

VWBuggirl, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Avagadro
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Kristallweissbier is straw in color and crystal clear, with a rocky white head capping off an onslaught of lacing.

S: Bouquet is somewhat saturnine in comparison to the kristal's cloudy kin. Some banana and clove are detected, but at levels much lower than I'm used to.

T: The flavor follows suit, with all parameters scaled back whe compared to the traditional hefe. This brew is semi-sweet, with notes of banana and clove, and maybe a touch of pineapple.

M: Body is light, with a touch of slickness that is quickly cut by the effervescent nature of this brew.

D: This is the only kristallweissbier in my store of 1100 brews, so I had to give it a try. not to discredit the style at all, but I think I will be sticking to my hefe's, as they have a much broader flavor profile, more vitamins, and a much better mouthfeel due to the yeast.

Avagadro, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz or so bottle into a Bell's inspired brewing pilsner glass. This is my 1st shot at a kristalweizen.

A- Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier pours out of the bottle a light pale colored straw like yellow with a clear look to it. Looks great in the glass although not much of a head comes up, only a trace cap.

S- Smells like a Hefeweizen on the light end with some banana and other light esters. Getting some pale malts and grassy scents here as well. A little wheat and a touch of hops, this is light in all sense of the word.

T- I waited to drink this for when it was hot outside and it did it's job, this is refreshing beer. It's essentially a filtered hefeweizen with the same tastes as one but lighter. Some banana, light pale malts and some grass with other esters from the yeast, it's light though. Some hops but just enough to keep this well rounded.

M&D- A nice spritzy mouthfeel from the carb when first poured although that got lost as this warmed to almost nothing. Light bodied and refreshing. I suggest drinking this as cold as possible to keep the crispness on the tounge. This gets dull in feel with warmth, but the fruits come out a bit more. I can and will drink this all day someday and maybe stretch it into a weekend. Good stuff and light in alcohol too.

BARFLYB, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured crystal clear yellow into a weizen glass with a large, bright white head. There's a very high level of carbonation.
S: It smells like a muted version of a hefeweizen, with faint aromas of bananas and bubble gum.
T: It has lots of taste for a beer that was filtered. There are flavors of banana and bubble gum that follow the aroma.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very crisp, clean, bubbly and smooth.
D: The beer is very refreshing and easy to drink; it's both crisp and thirst quenching.

metter98, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of irisier
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a brown one pint .9 fl oz bottle.

Appearance: Translucent golden straw with bubbly body and a sticky white froth that retains a thin head.

Smell: Fruity aromas, pears mostly. Definite wheat malt and some faint pale malt.

Taste: Pale maltiness with some faint fruit. Wheat malt is also present with some yeasty quality and the typical wheat twang. Little in terms of hops. A little wheaty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation and a clean feeling.

Impressions: This went down easy, and was pretty tasty. Great for wheat beer lovers. I'd definitely have this again, although I prefer
the more muddled taste of Hefeweizens.

irisier, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of baos
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into my favorite Mason jar.

A: Kristallklare! Its strange to smell the pink bubblegum but see no whitening yeast. Three finger head that sticks around pretty well over a Miller High Life colored body.

S: Yum. Pure pink bubble gum stick with all that white powder on it. Cloves first, then bits of banana rama.

T: Wow this is a refreshing weissbier. Smooth würzigen rosa Kaugummi. Das ist ja fantastisch!

M: Medium bubbly feel. Does clarity und carbonation walk hand und hand?

D: I love how the bubblegum aroma grows as this brew warms in the glass. This is a good beir, more than likely better left unfiltered, but for the newbies out there that might be put off by sediment und yeastiness; this is a good platform to leap from. A good beir! Weihenstephaner is the Scheiße!!!

baos, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this, the Dunkel and the classic hefe all together. Doing a little comparison of the 3 sisters.

A- Really impressive head. Its just as big as the Hefe Wiessbeir and just as dense. Sadly, like the Hefe, its doesnt stay around as long as I had hoped. It leaves lots of lacing as it fades. The beer is a clear golden straw color. Some lively effervescence is active.

S- The banana, clove, spicy wheat and yeasts are there just like its bigger brother. These characteristics might be just a tad bit weaker here.

T- Slightly hoppy for a german wheat. It imparts a nice lemony citrus taste that cuts the spicy wheat. There is still lots of banana and clove.

M- Lightish body, very crisp and refreshing with a dry as hell finish.

D- Hugely sessionable. These beers make me want to go sit outside.

MbpBugeye, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a weizen glass a beautifully pale golden yellow with an amazing pure white head and excellent lacing.

Smells strongly of bananas and sweet bread. Spicy clove notes are just enough to round out this kristall perfectly.

It's amazing how much of a "banana bread" taste you get out of this beer. Big cereal grain tastes, as a matter of fact, it tastes much like dry corn flakes or cheerios, that rich grainy taste they have. The slightest hint of hops, barely detectable at all, but I'll swear it's there.

Medium to thin body, with a grainy mouthfeel, due in part to the rough carbonation. It really adds to the flavor profile, IMO. Superbly drinkable.

MrHassellYaHurd, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, my first Kristallweisbier so I'll review based on the style description given here.
Pours a very clear, honey golden. Almost a 4 finger fluffy white head, a bit splotchy. Lacing is smooth and clean all they way down.

Lightly blended aromas of soft malt and lemongrass. Very slight banana. Refreshing is a good descriptor, I think.

Flavor is light. A crispness comes on first, with subtle clove and citrus in the middle. Pale malt in the end calms down the phenols a bit. A touch buttery on the end.

A very nice, refreshing beer. Can see this being a great summer beer for me.

Mebuzzard, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of berley31
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a large, white fizzy head that diminished to 1/4-finger after a little time. No real lacing. Body is medium-yellow and brilliantly clear.

S: Very peppery and fruity... the cloves and banana are there, but not to the degree that I've noticed with other Weizen beers.

T: Very refreshing, with moderate spices (especially clove and pepper) and light fruitiness.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, slightly creamy, with very fizzy carbonation.

D: A very-easy drinking beer, and would be excellent on a hot day. Flavors aren't as powerful as with some other weizens I've had, but in a way this works to an advantage of sorts.

berley31, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with a big fluffy white head. The head eventually reduces to 1 finger of bubbles, but never leaves. Some spotty lacing. Beer is clear and full of rising bubbles.

Decent yeast, banana, tropical fruit, and musty grain aromas. I stuck my nose in the glass looking for them and...there they are.

The best description is that this is a milder version of a good hefe. Sweet wheat, soft raw grain, light spice bite, and a very clean finish (almost the same type of flavor in the finish you get from seltzer water). Flavors are very clean and crisp, and a bit muted.

Light bodied and carbonated. It makes it very easy drinking, but that differs a bit from drinkability. I could see how one could put many of these down if they were available to them. My only drawback to this beer is...why drink this style at all? The flavors that I enjoy in this are found in more robust versions, so why do this? Probably pairs great with food, and would never get in the way of stronger flavors while cleaning the palate. I encourage people to try this, just because it is very good, but I don't know when I'll revisit again.

OtherShoe2, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of sugarbrew
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear and yellow, almost resembling a pale lager. Vigorous carbonation beneath a thick, pillowy white head.

S- Malty and sweet, with strong banana and a hint of yeast. Very clean.

T- Extraordinarily powerful, crisp cloves, with subdued banana and some very subtle noble hoppiness. Light, fruity esters and a lingering, floral finish.

M- Outstanding carbonation and a light body- exactly what defines the style. The biggest difference from their regular weiss is that this is thinner and more carbonated, in some ways reminiscent of a lager. Sometimes, a light body can perfectly complement a beer's flavor profile. This is one of those times.

D- Lighter and crisper than its hazier brother, this is a highly sessionable beer. Warm weather and/or sausage and sauerkraut are recommended.

sugarbrew, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of david131
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy yellow liquid with a bunch of streams of carbonation making their way to the surface. The white head is thin, but the retention isn't bad.

S- Very fruity and aromatic with boat loads of apples and pears. I also get a bit of brown sugar, white bread, and honey. Very appealing.

T- Sweet white bread, apple juice, pears, and honey. This is sweet and unique and I really dig it.

M- A smooth mouthfeel with a quick carbonation bite. The sweetness keeps this from being drying at the end. Clean on the finish.

D- A surprisingly complex and enjoyable beer. Drinks nicely and is most definitely worth a try.

david131, Mar 04, 2010
Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
91 out of 100 based on 1,486 ratings.